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Ortonville =Town with a heart" ---"------"-,-,lubro, "L’ IFOI U=,’ gllQ I SMALLTOWNP 2I7111 2!7 W COTA ST o00iN N UA Constructive Newspaper in A Live Community" N 1 Sections 16 pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Volume 93; Number 13 PORTIONS OF HIGHWAY 12 east of Ortonville have been closed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation due to flooding. Shown above is the road closure two miles east of Ortonville near the Arlen #4 R &apos;P " " " " ed LaCombe res,dence. Highway 12 ,s also closed seven mdes east of Ortonv,lle near Horseshoe Lake due to water over the road. Portions of Highway 12 east of Ortonville remain closed The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol urge motorists to drive with cau- tion as flooding continues to affect area highways and interstates in west cen- tral Minnesota. The following state highways are closed until further notice: • Highway 12 is closed approxi- mately two miles east of Ortonville. Traffic is detoured to Highway 75, Highway 7 and Highway 59. • Highway 12 is closed approxi- mately seven miles east of Ortonville at Horseshoe Lake. Traffic is detoured to Highway 75, Highway 7 and High- way 59. • Highways75 is closed at George- town. Traffic is detoured to Clay County Road 26, Highway 9 and High- way 2. • Highway 75 is closed near Kent. Traffic is detoured to Wilkin County Road 3 and Wilkin County Road 26. The following state highways west central Minnesota are currently open but conditions can change rapidly. Mo- torists should use extreme caution ap- proaching the following areas: • Highway 117 at several places be- tween the west state line and Highway 27. Open to traffic, watch for water on the roadway. • Highway 200 approximately 12 miles east of Mahnomen at Twin Lake Creek. Open to traffic, watch for water on the roadway. • Highway 55 east of Wendell at the Mustinka River. Open to traffic, watch for water on the roadway. • Highway 28 just west of Barry. Open to traffic, watch for water on the roadway. Every flood is dangerous to mo- torists. If you must travel in the west central Minnesota area, follow these safe driving practices (source: Federal Emergency Management Agency http:Hwww.fema.gov/hazard/flood/fl_d uring.shtm): • Expect the unexpected - flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere. • Flooding can knock out bridges, undercut highways and clog roads with mudslides and debris. • Mn/DOT will identify which roads are closed and warn motorists of po- tential pavement break up or soft shoulders that could give way. Drivers are warned not to drive around barri- cades and to check the state's traveler information Web site www.511 mn.org<http://www.511 mn.o rg> or call 5-1-1 for road conditions, closures and alternate routes. • Do not drive into flooded areas. • If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. • A foot of water will float many ve- hicles. • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups. • Log on to www.dot.nd.gov/travel- info/ for North Dakota current road conditions and http://www.safetrav- elusa.com/sd/for South Dakota current road conditions. For updated information, call 511 or click on www.511 mn.org<http://www.51 l mn.o rg> when traveling in any area of the state where potential flooding condi- tions exist. For weather and flood warnings, go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Web site www.noaawatch.gov/floods.php or listen to NOAA weather radio or local radio stations. RadioShack changes hands, "Grand Re-Opening" on now ORTONVILLE RADIOSHACK your Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer has had a change in ownership. Steve Stern has sold the business to the Andres family of Pierz. Shown above, left to right, are Stern, Carol and Jim Andres and their son Steve Andres. Ortonville's RadioShack your Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer is now under new ownership. After more than 35 years of retail business on Main Street, Steve and Joan Stern of Ortonville handed the store keys over to the Andres family of Pierz. The name has changed from RadioShack/Big Stone Cellular to RadioShack/Design Electronics LLC. The Andreses have also purchased the Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer locations in Milbank, SD and Sisseton, SD from the Stems, and bought the RadioShack from Dale and Pam Johnson in Milbank. Jim and Carol Andres and their son Steve, are holding a "Grand Re- Opening" this week at both the Ortonville and Milbank RadioShack stores to celebrate their new venture and look forward to meeting the peo- ple of the Big Stone Lake and Whetstone Valley areas. A grand re-opening sale will be on all week in both stores. Stop by and meet the Andres and enjoy a free ham- burger, chips and pop from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Milbank store on Tuesday and the Ortonville store on Wednesday. Ortonville RadioShack/Design Electronics is a family owned elec- tronics store that specializes in elec- tronics, televisions, Verizon Wireless phones, Dish Network sales and installation and more. As multiple franchise owners for 10 years, the Andres motto is, "The RadioShack family with local service, local people." The Andres strongly believe that taking care of the cus- tomer is the number one priority in all of their locations. So you can be assured of great service when entering any of their stores. Their other loca- tions include Little Falls, Long Prairie, Alexandria, Fergus Falls, and Morris. RadioShack/Design Electronics specializes in finding the right device for the right person. They offer a huge variety of phones, ranging from the basic flip phone to smart phones with all of the added features. If you are an existing Verizon customer, stop in today for a free plan analysis to make sure that you are on the right plan with the right options. Or if you are not with Verizon Wireless, the RadioShack staff will do all they can to make your transition to Verizon as smooth and easy as possible. RadioShack/Design Electronics will be getting into computer sales more with laptop computers and mon- itors on hand and as always, is your source for keyboards, mice and cables to connect your systems. Staff will remain the same at the Ortonville store with Jared Schwebach serving as store manager, Amber Quintanilla as Verizon Wireless manager, sales associates. Danielle McLain and Eric Kalberg. Visit RadioShack in Ortonville and Milbank today and you too will feel like you are part of their family. RadioShack is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. I April 11-15 designated Severe Weather Awareness Week . Historically, early springtime is "'flood;season" in our state, but in 1998 it was only late March when violent storms brought 13 tornadoes to St. Pete:: and Comfry. Late September is typically consid- ered a "dry time", yet on Sept. 22 last year, more than 10 inches of rain inun- dated southeastern Minnesota and flooded many communities. If that wasn't enough, between March and September of 2010, Min- nesota experienced a record 113 torna- does, the most in the U.S., with a total of 48 on a single day in June. The lesson from these events is that Minnesota weather hazards can happen anytime and anywhere, and the key to maintaining your personal safety and well-being is to be aware of the threats, be prepared and know how toreceive and respond to warnings. To help citizens achieve these goals, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the National Weather Service are sponsoring Severe Weather Awarefiess Week, April 11-15. : This week should serve as reminder to all of us on what Watches and Warn- Walk Against Child Abuse April 18 It only takes a few minutes of your time to join the DREAM for Kids Team Second Annual Walk Against Child Abuse. Join them at the Big Stone County courthouse parking lot on Monday, April 18 by 5:30 p.m. for a short walk that shows huge support to ending child abuse in our area. By participating in the wati you are also showing your .;ort to child abuse victims anti thor families. "lnis year's wh-ikis dedicated to Avory Raffety and those who loved him. The walk route will begin at the courthouse, go down the middle of main street to the Family Service Parking lot and up the hill to the Armory where a prayer and candle lighting service will take place. Following the service will be a forum of local professionals and Mary Weaver of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota who will give a brief talk. A light meal provided with funds from First English Lutheran Church will end the event. For those not walking, please be at the armory by 5:30 p.m. YES, child abuse does exist in our communities/area and YES it does affect YOU as well as the children and their families who are experiencing it. Don't miss this opportunity to show your support; children and their families are counting on YOU! Annual Stork Review inside Inside this week's issue of The Ortonville Independent and Northern Star newspapers is the Ortonville Area Health Services baby section featuring babies born at the Ortonville Hospital in 2010. ings mean. Watches are issued when conditions are favorable for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms or flash floods. If you are in a "watch" area, continue with normal activities, but also make plans to seek shelter if necessary. Warnings are issued when severe weather has been reported or is immi- nent. Seek shelter immediately if you are in or near the path of the storm. Media outlets receive warning in- formation and provide it to you by in- terrupting programming or using a "crawl" or other visual message. Fi- nally, the tone-alert feature of a NOAA Weather Radio will also activate spe- cial receivers, sounding an alarm to alert you to the danger. County and local law enforcement centers are also warned of impending severe weather via special phone lines and radio systems. Using the National Weather Serv- ices information, local and county of- ficials decide whether to sound the (Continued on Page Three) //_12..ii , ............................................... I 7. A NEW COMMERCIAL CHEST FREEZER is on location at the Big Stone Lake Area Emergency Food Shelf as part of this program. Pictured from left to right are Karin Mack, Food Shelf representative; Joanne Svendsen and Rebecca Turk, representing the Big Stone Local Foods Group. Two local groups help out in providing new equipment Land Stewardship Project and Big Stone Local Foods Group, announces the delivery of commercial kitchen equipment for local businesses and institutiions, who have partnered with the group. Their goal is to increase production of and access to locally grown foods in the region. Using Blue Cross and Blue Shield Healthy Eating Minnesota program funds, the two groups purchased $12,000 worth of equipment which is now in use in Big Stone County. A new produce display counter is at Bonnie's Hometown Grocery in Clinton, and a commercial food processor has been added to the kitchen of the Clinton Care Center. In Ortonville a commercial chest freezer has been added at the Big Stone Lake Area Emergency Food Shelf, and an upright display freezer is now located at The Granery Food Co-op. The four new pieces of equipment are pictured here, along with repre- sentatives of the recipients. Plans are also underway to provide a commercial grade vegetable steam- er for the Clinton-Graceville- Beardsley School district kitchen in Graceville. Rebecca Terk, Big Stone County Healthy Food System Organizer began her position in Big Stone County last fall, and is working through the Land Stewardship Project. based in MOntevideo, through a Blue Cross & Blue Shelf Eating Minnesota Program. She now resides in Clinton, and they are antic- ipating occupying the former restau- rant building in Clinton for various projects, including a Farmers' Market. She may be contacted through her email: rebeccat @landstewardshippro- ject.org. OHS drama dept. to present saga of Joseph and his coat The Ortonville High School Theater Department will be pulling back the curtains to tell the story of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 15-17) at the OHS auditorium. Full of color, character, and charming, "can't-get-them-out-of-my-head" melodies, this musical takes a well- known story and intersperses the past with modern elements and stylistic fea- tures to create a timeless piece. "The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vi- brant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of ad- ventures in which his spirit and hu- manity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwart- ing advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to inter- pret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-west- em and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless." (Rodgers and Hammerstein Library synopsis) "The style of this musical is differ- ent from anything we have ever done. The entertaining story is told entirely through song -- there is one spoken line delivered-- but you will find the char- acters, sets, dances, musical melodies, and the story itself very captivating!" says director Lisa Berdan "As an ad- ditional special effect, children in the audience will be invited to join us on the stage for the very dramatic song 'Close Every Door. ' No experience is necessary, since our actors and ac- tresses will guide them through the process !" The musical features 16 seniors making their last dramatic perform- ances on the OHS stage: Jessica Valek and Mallory Adelman (Narrators), Thomas Rausch (Joseph), Dan Berdan, Charlie Taffe, Tate Messmer, Jonah Thune. Shane Maas (Brothers) Colin Plathe (Brother and Pharaoh), Dave Lee (Brother and Potiphar), Eli Block (Baker), Tim Larson (Jacob), and Stephanie Schumacher, Darshell Fre- vert, Bridget Walsh, and Amber Scherer (Wives). The seniors lead a talented cast of 60 young people on stage and a dedicated stage crew mix of approximately 20, who work their magic behind the scenes! With its variety of musical styles, Joseph offers many opportunities for fun dances and movements created and taught by lead choreographers Rachel Berger and Bonnie Stolpman, as well as Megan Baerwaldt, Katie Berdan, and Samantha Rushford. Again this year, the audience will,, find the performance enhanced by the lively and lyrical music of the pit band and the awe-inspiring set construction and artistic pieces. Local adults vol- unteering their musical, artistic,.and construction expertise include Matt Lamb, Melanie Stegner, Maria Rausch, Kristi Delage, Chris Peterson, Glenn Berdan, Jim Thune, Doug Adeiman, Deb Larson, Liz Rackl, Kris Ninne- man, and various members of the Big Stone Arts Council. The musical is di- rected by Lisa Berdan, assisted by Nancy Marthaler. (See ad in entertain- ment section for play times.)